The European Physical Journal E [EPJ E] has awarded the 3rd Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Lecture Prize to Professor Julia Yeomans from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, for her outstanding contributions in the field of soft matter and biological physics.
The prestigious prize is awarded to outstanding scientists for their contribution to soft matter research and takes its name after the illustrious French Nobel laureate and EPJ E founder, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes. The award is sponsored by the EPJ E publishers: the Società Italiana di Fisica, EDP Sciences and Springer.
Professor Yeomans was awarded the prize, in particular, for her profound contribution to the study of the dynamical behaviour of complex and active liquids in confined geometries. J.Yeomans is an expert in theoretical and computational physics, particularly statistical physics, hydrodynamics, soft condensed matter and biological physics. Among her current research interests are micro-swimmers, active systems, liquid crystals and the interactions of fluids with structured surfaces.
J. Yeomans accepted the award on the 17 September during a ceremony held at the International Soft Matter Conference 2013, which took place in Rome, Italy from 15 to 19 September. Professor Daan Frenkel, Co-Editor-in-Chief of EPJ E, chaired the award-ceremony and introduced Yeomans’ plenary lecture.